Pulse.com.gh logo
Go


Charged! Sack GRA boss now - AFAG

According to AFAG, the GRA is condoning wrong practices and the continuous stay of its Commissioner General, will, mean loss and massive under declaration of revenues by the Telcos.

  • Published: , Refreshed:
GRA boss, George Blankson play

GRA boss, George Blankson

The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has said it is alarmed at the level of compromise at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), rendering them redundant and of little value to ensure adequate revenue generation from the Telcos.

A statement by the group said "We simply cannot understand why these Telcos are so adamant in giving due respect to the laws of the land. AFAG is not comfortable with Subah signing a non-disclosure and non-competing agreement with them. In essence, Subah is bereft of the real time value of call volumes terminating on Telcos sites. To date we are only fed with whatever data is handed over to us from the Telcos. Subah does not have any means to verify the monthly call data submitted to them by the Telcos. This is a worrying situation, requiring immediate action! The NCA is therefore limited in their oversight roles, while the GRA sees no reason to worry about."

The group has therefore called for the immediate removal of the GRA boss, George Blankson, in order to make way for a much sensible approach to accountability by the Telcos.

Below is the full statement:

The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) is alarmed at the level of compromise at the GRA, rendering them redundant and of little value to ensure adequate revenue generation from the Telcos.

Over the past six years, AFAG has been consistent with issues that inure to the benefit of the state, especially on matters that border on revenue generation, monitoring of call volumes fully, under declaration of revenue by Telcos and simboxing.

We simply cannot understand why these Telcos are so adamant in giving due respect to the laws of the land. AFAG is not comfortable with Subah signing a non-disclosure and non-competing agreement with them. In essence, Subah is bereft of the real time value of call volumes terminating on Telcos sites. To date we are only fed with whatever data is handed over to us from the Telcos. Subah does not have any means to verify the monthly call data submitted to them by the Telcos. This is a worrying situation, requiring immediate action! The NCA is therefore limited in their oversight roles, while the GRA sees no reason to worry about.

The GRA has little values for auditing. If external auditors should just be content with the internal audit report of a company without verification mechanisms to give meaning to their engagement, then in essence, the GRA through its compromised posturing on this situation involving Subah and Telcos has declared useless the work of the auditor general.

We suspect the Telcos are heavily under declaring their revenues. The Telcos play with the emotions of Ghanaians by merely making the argument that any technology used to monitor real time volume of calls is intrusive. Telcos must stop this propaganda and allow for adequate monitoring of calls terminating at their sites through automatic technology and not one that they determine the volume of calls and submit it to Subah.

AFAG has followed with keen interest the standoff between the GRA and NCA with respect to revenue generation from Telcos. We ask Ghanaians to stand by the NCA to put the Telcos in line and not to be swayed by cheap propaganda that any attempt to monitor call volumes automatically is deemed as being actively listening to call contents.

Mr. President, the GRA is condoning wrong practices and the continuous stay of its Commissioner General, will, mean loss and massive under declaration of revenues by the Telcos.

Sack the GRA boss now to make way for a much sensible approach to accountability by the Telcos.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Breaking Otabil finally breaks silence on banking controversiesbullet
2 Capital Bank Collapse Here are the roles of a non-executive board chairbullet
3 Collapse Bank Here’s what former staffs of Capital Bank are doing...bullet
4 Investment banks in Ghana Top 5 investment banks in Ghana and why...bullet
5 Bank Collapse Capital Bank Board misused GHC 610 million from...bullet
6 Nana Appiah Mensah Menzgold boss apologises to BoG after...bullet
7 Banking Crises Sahel Sahara and Omni Bank become latest to mergebullet
8 Collapsed Banks Here are the auditing firms for the 7...bullet
9 IMANI Boss Attacking Otabil over Capital Bank collapse...bullet
10 Education Top 5 private high schools in Ghana...bullet

Top Videos

1 Former Capital Bank staff grills pork for survivalbullet
2 New Discovery Ghana discovers new mineral, lithium in commercial...bullet
3 Forbes 2018 Africa's billionaires rich listbullet
4 Money Alert Meet Africa's richest womanbullet
5 Support Finance minister buys Kantanka carbullet
6 Plane Crash Starbow suspends operations following plane crashbullet
7 Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong Nobody can collapse my company – JOSPONGbullet
8 Tech 6 reasons you should buy an iPhone SE instead of any...bullet
9 New Phone Nokia’s MWC 2018 Event in Under 10 Minutesbullet
10 New Phone Nokia’s MWC 2018 event in 7 minutesbullet

Business